When 18-year-old Michayla Cassano learned that her home state of Colorado only had two memorials honoring fallen servicewomen, she took matters into her own hands. The Fountain, Colorado Girl Scout spent three years planning, designing, and soliciting donations for a memorial honoring women who lost their lives in combat, urging, “We need more recognition for women.”
Cassano took on the project as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award, all the while battling two different kinds of blood disorders. Her hard work and determination paid off — Colorado’s third memorial dedicated specifically to fallen servicewomen was revealed near Fort Carson on Memorial Day.
Cassano raised nearly $6,000 to erect the memorial, a rosy-hued granite bench with an inscription that reads, “For the women in uniform who have served and for those who sacrificed their lives in defense of our country — may they never be forgotten.” Cassano spoke with veterans organizations and other companies in her area in order to raise all of the required funds.
The memorial turned out even better than she imagined, Cassano claims, but it was the journey that was the most rewarding part of her project. “I’ve met people who were in World War II and I got to listen to their stories,” she told KRDO News.
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Coast Guard cutter Bertholf on a counterdrug patrol in the eastern Pacific Ocean, March 11, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Trees
U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bertholf left California on January 20 for a months-long mission in the Pacific to support U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, the largest of the U.S. military's geographic combatant commands.
Coast Guardsmen aboard the Bertholf left Alameda on the 30th day of what is now the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. They left a few days after not getting their first paycheck since that shutdown started and without knowing when the next will come.